I joined the Guild in 1997, not one of the founding members, but it was not too long after its conception that I became a member. I first came across polymer clay at a Dolls House fair where Sue Heaser (former Guild Chairman and founding member) was teaching some workshops; I attended them all and was hooked!
Having joined the Guild I went on to attend the first Polydays (and all subsequent ones since, although in the later ones I attended as a Tutor) and was delighted to mix with a group of folk that were so knowledgeable and friendly. Having been invited onto the committee I later became secretary and following the AGM in July 2009 I was honoured to take on the role of Chairman. Sadly circumstances resulted in my resignation in 2010. However, I wish the Guild and the new committee every success in the future.
My area of interest is making miniatures – specifically miniature food; mainly in the standard Dolls house scale of 1/12th but some 1/24th if the mood takes me. The work I make is specifically for the adult collector’s market; each piece being hand- crafted, highly detailed and very realistic. The authentic foods I make covers all cuisines and historical periods with complete meals a speciality. My range extends from single items through to elaborate buffets or filled shop counters. Commissions are welcome; for more examples of my work please visit my website www.toddtoysandminiatures.com.
In the past, I have written regularly for Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine and Dolls House Projects Magazine.
I won a scholarship to attend the International Guild of Miniature Artisan’s Guild School at Maine USA in 2005 and was awarded Artisan status in 2006 and was delighted to be awarded Fellowship status in 2010.
I teach classes in making miniature food in the USA, Denmark and the UK. I also teach small classes at my workshop in Wiltshire.